Avalanche kills skiers near site of Syd­ney teen’s death

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - World -

Three Ger­man skiers have been killed in an avalanche in Aus­tria, just 20km from where tragic Syd­ney teen Max Meyer died un­der me­tres of snow last week.

A fourth man is still miss­ing, po­lice said. In Aus­tria, the bod­ies of the men, aged 57, 36 and 32, were re­cov­ered Sat­ur­day evening near the ski re­sort of Lech, 20km from where 16-year-old Max Meyer died in an avalanche in the ski vil­lage of St An­ton am Arl­berg on Wednes­day.

Po­lice in Vo­rarl­berg, Aus­tria’s west­ern­most prov­ince, said they had to call off the search for the fourth Ger­man skier in the group, aged 28, be­cause of heavy snow and the risk of avalanches.

Po­lice said the four friends had ap­par­ently skied onto a trail that was closed. Although they had avalanche pro­tec­tion equip­ment and de­ployed airbags, the vic­tims were buried by the avalanche and suf­fered mul­ti­ple in­juries.

Mean­while in France, two ski pa­trollers were killed when the de­vices they use to trig­ger avalanches ex­ploded.

The two ac­ci­dents have brought to at least 26 the num­ber of weather-re­lated deaths re­ported in parts of Europe this month.

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